Grammy Nominees 2005 opens with the wonderful Black Eyed Peas', "Let's get it started". The CD cycles through 21 hit songs, all nominated for the big yearly musical awards.
Since there are 107 categories, each with five nominees, not everything nominated is on the CD. So some of the cred for what lands up there goes to the record company that compiles the CD.
This year's CD is by EMI Music - the big music distributors like Gallo, EMI and Sony/BMG take turns doing the yearly Grammys album. It's pretty much along the lines of Gallo's 2004 CD effort - an amusing experiment might be to go check out the tracklisting there, and see what you actually remember!
Like the previous CD, Grammy Nominees 2005 underlines the trend that shows soul, RnB and hip hop pretty much becoming pop, and the variety of musical styles that make the hit parades is certainly growing.
One thing doesn't change though: time always tells who's really got talent, and the artists that have it, like Black Eyed Peas, show up again in the list. Justin Timberlake, Sean Paul and so many others have sunk without a trace during the course of a mere 365 days.
Analyses aside, the 2005 CD provides an entertaining overview of the hits. Of course, overviews bring bad with the good, and you must endure selected garbage like Usher's "Burn", Green Day's bland punk sing along ditty, "American idiot" or John Mayer's bland award-winning "Daughters", to name but a few culprits.
And if you go for schmaltz, you're in luck! Josh Groban, Seal, Evanescence and Sheryl Crow are delighted to dish up great big, overblown globules of unadulterated sentiment.
But cool global pop artists like Alicia Keys and Norah Jones, as well as the new work of skilled old hands as diverse as Brian Wilson, Jill Scott, Elvis Costello, U2, the Beastie Boys and Prince, more than makes up for the minor irritations.
New arrivals on the headliner scene - the sweet rockers Maroon 5, the prettily unoriginal Joss Stone, and country girl Gretchen Wilson - also do the mix no harm.
- Jean Barker* Listen: Clips from every track to your left in the lilac boxWHAT OTHER CRITICS SAID"...pin-the-tail-on-the-donkey assembly of r 'n b, hip hop, pop, rock, country, rap and soul songs tenuously linked by the fact that they've all been nominated for a Grammy award. And, mostly, played to death over the past 12 months."- Nils van der Linden from iafrica.comGrammy Awards Essentials:- Gallery - Grammy-nominated babes- Watch the show on TV, 7pm on Mnet on Feb 14
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